Motion in Stills, 2014

18 Oct

…or was that Stills in Motion …

Before we start, we want to thank all those who joined us during the past 11 weeks and some 11,000 miles on the road. We had great groups, and participants laughed until their cheeks and bellies hurt — and so did ours — while making some wonderful photographs. They learned some of the techniques illustrated below.

Open up most photo magazines these days, and usually all you see is crystal-sharp (and often very boring), same-old, grand landscapes. But how do we evoke motion in a land that is not static?

There are several approaches.

The first, and perhaps most common, is to slow down water to give it that milky effect.

In New England recently, I stood in the stream to get the shot I wanted of the waterfall, and with a slow shutter, I captured the feathery exit of the water.© 2014 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.

On the Outer Banks, where we return in a week, Arnie photographed a lone visitor standing in the surf, the water swirling around her feet.© 2014 Arnold Zann. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at Arnie (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.

On many a crisp autumn morning in Colorado, the fog rises out of the valleys. The wispy patches of fog, along with the birds, their wings at different angles, created a sense of time passing and changing. Here, it is not a slow shutter speed, rather the choice of subject matter and timing that is critical.© 2014 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.

In the early morning on the coast of Maine, fishermen skull or paddle their dinghies out to the fishing boats. Here, Arnie allowed the Continue reading 

Same Place, Cuba 2014

11 Oct

… or Same Place, Different View …

We still have a few workshops to go for 2014, but we are also looking to next year.

There is New Orleans, of course, and Carnivale in Venice (sold out in a day and a half), and following that, our fourth tour in Cuba.

We love Cuba. The people are so friendly, and the textures and colors of the country wonderful.

As we work on final arrangements for our 2015 trip, I was reviewing 2014.

One of the things we always put on our schedule is a visit to a dance troupe. This year, it was Pro Danza, a famous company that has toured internationally. We got to attend a rehearsal and meet the Grand Maitre de Ballet, Laura Alonso, a charming lady who pushed her dancers to do better than they thought they could do. As long as we did not get in her line of sight, we were allowed to move around and photograph different aspects of the program.

Arnie found a dancer stretching with another in the background doing the same. I was entranced by the legs of one dancer as she performed.© 2014 Arnold Zann. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at Arnie (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.© 2014 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.

The streets of La Habana teem with life. Fruit carts abound. Cars and people vie for space. People chat. Delivery trucks and carts pass by. And children and teens play in streets that are less busy. While these two locations were not exactly the same, they were very close.© 2014 Arnold Zann. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at Arnie (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.© 2014 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.

Markets are always fun to visit. The array of fruits, vegetables, and meats is colorful, and the hawking of them is loud and engaging. Both Arnie and I found a Continue reading 

Same Place, Death Valley 2013

4 Oct

… or Same Place, Different View …

Recently, we have been talking about greener landscapes, whether the Maine coast, mountains of Colorado, etc. This week, let’s visit Death Valley National Park where we return at the end of November for another photo workshop. When people think of Death Valley, they usually think of a stark landscape, monochromatic in hue.

Yes, it has those elements, but it is also full of color — chocolates, ochres, creams, aquas, and yes, even lavenders. Sometimes, the skies are a sight to behold and add color where there normally are only subdued shades.

In this pair, we were out on the salt flats one evening and witnessed one of the most glorious skies we had ever seen here. Everyone exclaimed that no one would believe the colors, they were so brilliant. They changed by the minute.

Arnie and I were in the same general area but picked out different patterns to lead the eye toward the distant mountains. Arnie’s mountains came in from the right, mine from…© 2013 Arnold Zann. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at Arnie (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.© 2013 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.

There is an amazing set of craters in Death Valley, and we went there one morning. Arnie found what I call “puckerbrush” backlit by the sun, while I discovered an owl watching over her nest. We were probably not standing much more than 20 yards away from each other.© 2013 Arnold Zann. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at Arnie (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.© 2013 Margo Taussig Pinkerton. All Rights Reserved.  For usage and fees, contact us at 310 Lafayette Drive, Hillsborough, NC  27278.  919-643-3036 before 9 pm east coast USA, GMT-5, or by e-mail at TBC (at) BCphotoadventures (dot) com.

We love to head to Continue reading